2016/17 final tournament: Croatia

The 16-team 2016/17 finals in Croatia will begin with the qualifying round in September and decide Europe's five places at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

2016/17 final tournament: Croatia
2016/17 final tournament: Croatia ©Getty Images for UEFA
  • Croatia will stage the 2016/17 final tournament next May.

Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (23-28 September):
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Moldova*, Latvia

Group 2 (15-20 October): Republic of Ireland, Greece, Kazakhstan, Andorra*

Group 3 (21-26 October): Switzerland, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg*

Group 4 (26-31 October): Serbia, Italy*, Albania, FYR Macedonia

Group 5 (20-25 October): Slovenia*, France, Montenegro, Estonia

Group 6 (25-30 October): England, Austria, Romania*, Azerbaijan

Group 7 (28 September-3 October): Hungary*, Netherlands, Denmark, Liechtenstein

Group 8 (28 September-3 October): Georgia, Sweden, Finland*, Bulgaria

Group 9 (19-24 September): Spain, Slovakia, San Marino, Northern Ireland*

Group 10 (16-21 September): Scotland, Portugal*, Wales, Malta

Group 11 (26-31 October): Belarus, Belgium, Gibraltar, Cyprus*

Group 12 (1-6 November): Poland, Israel*, Iceland, Armenia

Group 13 (23-28 September): Ukraine, Norway, Turkey, Lithuania*

*hosts

Bye to elite round: Germany

Bye to final tournament: Croatia (hosts)

• Games to be played next autumn, by 20 November 2016.

• The top two in each group along with the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join Germany in the elite round in spring 2017.

• In that round, the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool will join Croatia in that May's finals.

• The final tournament will also act as the European qualifier for UEFA's five berths in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 19 August to 10 September.